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Posted 17 Oct 2008

ViewStack Component for Silverlight 2 – An Inevitable Control in RIA Space

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ViewStack component for Silverlight 2 – An inevitable control in RIA space


I find that the ViewStack component in Flex is an elegant navigator for switching views in defined content panes. Unfortunately I couldn't find any such navigator within Silverlight 2 SDK. So I thought of developing a simple ViewStack component for my project DShop, a Silverlight 2 technology demonstrator. I will be enhancing this control with more features and would like to have your valuable comments.

What is ViewStack?

  • A ViewStack is a navigator container that contains other child containers stacked on top of each other.
  • Only one child container can be visible or active at a time.
  • You can create your own logic to manage active views.
  • The SelectedIViewName property contains the logical name of the active view.
  • Simply change the SelectedViewName property from model to switch the view (ModelLocator.Instance.SelectedViewName = "Home").



using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Net;
using System.Windows;
using System.Windows.Controls;
using System.Windows.Documents;
using System.Windows.Input;
using System.Windows.Media;
using System.Windows.Media.Animation;
using System.Windows.Shapes;
using SilverlightApplication1.Control;
namespace SilverlightApplication1
    public partial class Page : UserControl
        public Page()
            this.Loaded += new RoutedEventHandler(Page_Loaded);
        void Page_Loaded(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            this.DataContext = ModelLocator.Instance;
            ModelLocator.Instance.SelectedViewName = "Home";
        private void Home_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            ModelLocator.Instance.SelectedViewName = "Home";
        private void AboutUS_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
            ModelLocator.Instance.SelectedViewName = "AboutUS";


<UserControl x:Class="SilverlightApplication1.Page"



    xmlns:local="clr-namespace:SilverlightApplication1.Control" >
    <Grid x:Name="LayoutRoot" Background="Wheat"  >
            <RowDefinition Height="50" />
            <RowDefinition Height="20"/>
            <RowDefinition Height="*"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="100"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="20"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="100"/>
            <ColumnDefinition Width="*"/>
        <Button x:Name="Home" Content="Home" Grid.Row="0" 

					Grid.Column="0" Click="Home_Click"/>
        <Button x:Name="AboutUS" Content="AboutUS" Grid.Row="0" 

					Grid.Column="2" Click="AboutUS_Click"/>
         <Grid Grid.Row="2" Grid.ColumnSpan="4" Grid.Column="0">
                <local:ViewStack x:Name="myViewStack"  

		    SelectedViewName="{Binding Path=SelectedViewName,Mode=TwoWay}" >
                        <local:ViewInfo ViewName="Home" 

                        <local:ViewInfo ViewName="AboutUS" 




  • 18th October, 2008: Initial post


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About the Author

Anil Kumar T R
Architect Digital Mesh Softech India (P) Ltd.
India India
Started my career in software development in the year 1996 and still trying to learn and implement new technologies. Currently pursuing my career as Technical Architect @ Digital Mesh Softech India (P) Ltd (

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GeneralViewStack Component for Silverlight 2 Pin
QuentinB22-Oct-08 5:33
memberQuentinB22-Oct-08 5:33 
AnswerRe: ViewStack Component for Silverlight 2 [modified] Pin
Anil Kumar T R22-Oct-08 21:05
memberAnil Kumar T R22-Oct-08 21:05 
GeneralRe: ViewStack Component for Silverlight 2 Pin
QuentinB23-Oct-08 17:38
memberQuentinB23-Oct-08 17:38 
GeneralRe: ViewStack Component for Silverlight 2 Pin
Anil Kumar T R23-Oct-08 18:22
memberAnil Kumar T R23-Oct-08 18:22 

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